Train from Zagreb Croatia to...?

Hi...I was going to start my vacation this October going from London to Zagreb, but I noticed that flights OUT of Zagreb are very limited (they go right back to London again!). I have an open itinerary for about a week, so I could certainly travel to another country and fly out of a more populous city...I was looking at a map and Vienna looks like a good place..or Venice...but not sure if there are direct train routes to either of these places from Zagreb? It would be great to get a one way, non stop train, if there are any links that you can share, that would be great! Thanks
Cynthia

Posted by Angela
Chicago/Rural WI
809 posts

Hi Cynthia, I am a little confused (well, it doesn't take much)... where are you looking to fly after your vacation ends? Back to the US, or...? I ask because you mentioned Paris, too. And if you are asking, does this mean you have not yet purchased your airline tickets to Europe yet? But you will be in London at some point? I also wonder what it is about Zagreb that entices you there? I will say that out of everywhere we've visited in Croatia, Zagreb was our least favorite stop. A lot of Croatia is about coastline, and islands, and natural beauty, and smaller towns, and Zagreb really is none of that. So were you looking to fly to Zagreb and use that as a springboard to go elsewhere in Croatia? Because it really wouldn't make a lot of sense to fly to Zagreb only to take a train to Budapest, for instance. You may as well just fly to Budapest. That is why I wonder what you had in mind for flying to Zagreb? Did you want to see more of Croatia and/or maybe Slovenia? Sorry for the barrage of questions, just trying to get a clearer picture so maybe we could better assist with your situation.

Posted by James
Frisco
1781 posts

There is a pretty good direct train from Zagreb to Budapest. Stay 3 or 4 days then take the train to Gyor, spend the night and see the Archabbey at Pannonhalma. Now on to Vienna. The train that stops in Gyor is the same train that goes on to Vienna you haven't gone out of your way at all. Fly home out of Vienna

Posted by Cynthia
Burbank
12 posts

Thanks for the replies..I was still looking at flights last night and I still was unable to find any within reasonable costs that go anywhere besides back to London. If you go with a major carrier yes, but the cost is over $800 just to go to Paris, for instance.

Posted by Cynthia
Burbank
12 posts

My grandparents (whom I never met) were from Zagreb..my father said it was worth a visit at some point, as he went back in the 70's. That's really the only reason. I always fly into London from Los Angeles, then fly around various places for a few weeks, then leave back to Los Angeles from London. Paris would be an easy trip as you can take the Eurostar in/out of London. My goal is to "fill the time" during the vacation...and to figure it out soon. I know I want to visit Edinburgh as I have friends there...beyond that, I am open. I have three weeks.

Posted by James
Frisco
1781 posts

Im not sure if I understand if you want to go to London or if you want to avoid London. We stop in London on the way to Budapest then go south to fish the chalk streams before heading on to Budapest. The last time we did this the one way flight London to Budapest on British Air was about $325 but that was a year ago. If you take the trains to Budapest and then up to Vienna from Vienna you will get all sorts of opportunities out of that airport. Some good opportunities out of Budapest as well now that many of the European discount carriers have moved in to fill the hole left by Malev.

Posted by Cynthia
Burbank
12 posts

Hi..yeah, I always start and end in London. So from London I would go to Zagreb..and then on to the rest of my trip until at the end I am back in London again, and then out to Los Angeles. I will look into the Budapest thing..I am definitely all for something I had not planned on!!! I like to mix my trips up with the familiar and the new! Yes, Vienna would give me more options, as I usually use the discount carriers as annoying as they can be..its worth the cramped flight to save the money, only a few hours to deal with. Thank you!

Posted by Cynthia
Burbank
12 posts

What I need is first a flight to Edinburgh...then I plan to go back to London from there. I should have included that. Its hard to find any flights on discount airlines that fly into Edinburgh from eastern Europe..Wizair doesnt have any at all.

Posted by Cynthia
Burbank
12 posts

You know...I may scrap Zagreb altogether for now, the more I look at flights and availability...I could do a London to Vienna to Munich to Edinburgh, and that would be just fine. Every city has SOMETHING to offer, and these are still pretty good destinations, and the budget flights more easily handle these destinations. Since I travel alone and dont speak any other language, sometimes trying to negotiate trains and buses can be a real challenge! I have the rest of my life to visit Croatia...maybe with someone else!

Posted by Angela
Chicago/Rural WI
809 posts

I think holding off on Zagreb until you could allot more time and energy to the rest of Croatia is a good idea. Zagreb certainly has some sights to see, and with your personal family history I think it would be much more interesting, but it had the least "Croatian feel" to it to us, given it's a large city. We found the rest of Croatia to be so beautiful I think it would be great if you could see more of it outside Zagreb when you visit. An easy way I like to see which airlines serve what is to look at the Wiki page for an individual airport. For instance, below is the page for Edinburgh's airport, which gives an overview of who flies where and when (for those instances like these where you have to work backwards): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Airport And then to check train schedules between destinations, the Deutsche Bahn website is a good place to start: http://www.bahn.com/i/view/index.shtml It can be overwhelming just narrowing down your choices, bu you certainly have the right idea that anywhere you go will have something to offer!

Posted by Laura
Washington DC
35 posts

If and when you do go to Croatia (and you should- it's beautiful!) I believe there is a Ryanair flight between one of the London airports and Zadar. Zadar is a few hours from Zagreb but a perfect excise to visit Plitvice Lakes in the middle.